Mike D'Antoni resigns as head coach of the Knicks: Reports
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as head coach of the Knicks, according to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.
Details are scarce, and there has been no official word, but Yahoo first reported that a source said the split was a "mutual decision." Several other news organizations confirmed the report.
Assistants Dan D'Antoni and Phil Weber will also leave the team, while assistant coach Mike Woodson will become interim coach, Yahoo said.
According to The Wall Street Journal, D'Antoni's resignation was the result of long-rumored "disagreements with superstar Carmelo Anthony." Rumored permanent successors for D'Antoni include coaching greats Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson, a former Knicks forward.
D'Antoni has been the Knicks' head coach since the 2008-09 season, when he signed a four-year, $24 million deal. His record with the team is 121-167 (.420). D'Antoni replaced the much-maligned Isiah Thomas, who took over after interim coach after Lenny Wilkens resigned in 2005 after a disappointing start to the season.
The Knicks and D'Antoni each did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pros: Take your pick: his 11 titles in 20 seasons, his reverence for Knicks coaching forbear Red Holzman or his 10 seasons as a rough-and-tumble Knicks forward. Jackson's famous mind games could also check Carmelo Anthony's selfish instincts.
Cons: The Hall of Famer has never won a title without an all-time great like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. Plus, at age 66 and with a history of health problems, how committed will he be?
Pros: The 53-year-old improved Atlanta's record each season from 2004-10 and won two playoff series. The Knicks' top assistant this season, he's familiar with the causes of the team's many ups and downs.
Cons: A 1980 Knicks draft pick, Woodson nevertheless lacks the impact and track record Knicks fans expect from coaching hires. His defensive focus never turned his talented Hawks teams into title contenders.
Pros: One of the NBA's great disciplinarians, Sloan would add backbone that's long been missing from the recent line of Knicks coaches. Good news for Jeremy Lin: Sloan led the pick-and-roll offense for all-time point guard John Stockton.
Cons: SI.com's Sam Amik reports that while Sloan longs for a coaching return, the Knicks' interest is not unanimous. The 69-year-old Hall of Famer's resignation last year was due in part to his frustration with ego-driven young players.